Guerrero: Warnings in Cacahuatepec of possible displacement due to relocation of peoples

November 14, 2013

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Photo @La Jornada de Guerrero

Communards and campesinos belonging to the Communal Goods of Cacahuatepec, in the rural zone of Acapulco, have expressed their fear amidst the intentions of the state and federal governments to displace them using the pretext of relocating peoples settled on the margins of the Papagayo River, so that the path be cleared for those who might be interested in progressing with the plan to built the La Parota hydroelectric dam.  Marco Suástegui Muñoz, spokesperson for the Council of Ejidos and Communities Opposed to La Parota Dam (CECOP), indicated that residents of the communities of Carrizo and Cacahuatepec have been notified by federal police that they are to be resettled.

In an assembly held at the tree known as the Bocote, in the community of Aguacaliente, some 500 persons participated.  During the meeting, members of CECOP trained commissars and representatives of 47 branches of the Communal Goods of Cacahuatepec regarding how to fill out the documents to be used within the demand that will submitted in coming days to the Tlachinollan Mountain Center for Human Rights, which will in turn be presented before the institutions of justice to demand compensation for the damages provoked by tropical storm Manuel.  The assembly-goers held the Federal Electricity Commission (CFE) for the damages caused by the poor management of the La Venta hydroelectric dam.  Participants of the event agreed to demand that the government begin reconstruction work in Cacahuatepec communities that were affected by the growth in the Papagayo River during tropical storm Manuel, or alternatively they would blockade the machinery of the National Water Commission (CONAGUA) found in the Salsipuedes community and suspend the provision of the water to Acapulco.  In a 4 November communique, CECOP once again indicates that “In rural Acapulco, the Papagayo River devastated communities of Cacahuatepec because they opened La Venta dam, and the hatches were broken.  Someone is responsible: the Federal Electricity Commission.”

For more information (in Spanish):

Advierten en Cacahuatepec de posible desalojo por reubicación de pueblos (La Jornada de Guerrero, 4 de noviembre de 2013)

La Parota, detrás del proyecto de reubicación de poblados: Cecop (El Sur de Acapulco, 4 de noviembre de 2013)

Aguirre: “actuaré contra el Cecop si interrumpe bombeo de agua” (La Jornada de Guerrero, 4 de noviembre de 2013)

RECONSTRUCCIÓN COMUNITARIA ¡SÍ! REUBICACIÓN ¡NO! (Comunicado CECOP, 4 de noviembre de 2013)

For more information from SIPAZ (in English):

Guerrero: Ten years of struggle against the La Parota dam (4 August 2013)

Guerrero: CECOP on red alert after invasion by Army (5 March 2013)

Guerrero: Governor Aguirre Rivero will not support construction of La Parota (27 August 2012)

Guerrero: Federal tribunal confirms end to La Parota dam project (20 July 2012)

Guerrero: CECOP will initiate a series of mobilizations demanding the definitive cancellation of the La Parota dam (3 April 2012)


Guerrero: Sympathizers of La Parota dam injure two CECOP members with machetes

November 12, 2013

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On 12 October, members of the Council of Ejidos and Communities Opposed to the La Parota Dam (CECOP) denounced that two of their comrades had been attacked by machete-wielding sympathizers of the hydroelectric project which the Federal Electricity Commission (CFE) seeks to build on the Papagayo River in the rural region of Acapulco.  Marco Antonio Suástegui Muñoz, spokesperson for CECOP, attributed the attack to the division of the community which has been “provoked” by the CFE in this region for more than 10 years, when it began with its attempts to erect a hydroelectric dam on the Papagayo River.

During a ceremony for the Day of the Raza, as organized by the Union of Indigenous Located in Acapulco (UIRA) in the esplanade of City Hall, the CECOP spokesperson noted that the attack had taken place on 11 October at 9am at the home of both CECOP members in the Huamuchitos community.  Some days later, Suástegui Muñoz spoke to the health status of the victims, explaining that Rodrigo León Jacinto had improved and could communicate, while Isidro Saligán Guadalupe’s recovery is going more slowly, and it is hoped that he not lose his right eye.

For more information (in Spanish):

Simpatizantes de La Parota hieren a machetazos a dos miembros del Cecop (La Jornada de Guerrero, 13 de octubre de 2013)

Omite el MP tomar declaración a los heridos del Cecop, acusan (La Jornada de Guerrero, 15 de octubre de 2013)

La Parota, agreden a machetazos a dos opositores de proyecto hidroeléctrico (Asamblea Nacional de Afectados Ambientales, 12 de octubre de 2013)

For more information from SIPAZ (in English):

Guerrero: Governor Aguirre Rivero will not support construction of La Parota (27 August 2012)

Guerrero: Federal tribunal confirms end to La Parota dam project (20 July 2012)

Guerrero: CECOP will initiate a series of mobilizations demanding the definitive cancellation of the La Parota dam (3 April 2012)

Guerrero: denunciations and declarations of the CRAC and CECOP (12 March 2012)

 


Guerrero: Celebration of the 19th anniversary of the Tlachinollan Mountain Center for Human Rights

August 4, 2013

Opositores al proyecto hidroeléctrico de La Parota. Foto @SIPAZ

During the days 19 and 20 July 2013, there was celebrated in Tlapa de Comonfort, Guerrero, the XIX anniversary of the Tlachinollan Mountain Center for Human Rights.  For this occasion there was held the forum “Guerrero: epicenter of resistance struggles.”  In the forum participated representatives of communities and peoples from the state of Guerrero, as well as civil organizations, social organizations, and human-rights defenders, who raised questions that revolved around three principal questions: the defense of territory and natural resources in the Mountain region of the state, the normative indigenous system of justice and communal police, and the defense of public education and teachers’ struggle.

In the exposition tables there were addressed different cases, such as the resistance struggles against the government’s plans to create a Biosphere Reserve in the Mountain region, as well as the La Parota hydroelectric project, the defense of the Suljaa’ river, the opposition to mining-exploitation projects, the work of communal police, the diagnostic of the Civil Monitor of the Police, and the mobilizations of the teachers’ and student movements in the state.

Within the event of the forum, the Tlachinollan Mountain Center presented its XIX Annual Report, “Dignified Rebellion,” in which it emphasizes the increase over the past year of grave violations of human rights in the Mountain and Costa Chica regions of Guerrero, with the state executive being responsible for 19% of these violations.  The magisterial police and the Educational Ministry of Guerrero are two of the most denounced institutions in these cases.

For more information (in Spanish):

Digna Rebeldía: Guerrero el epicentro de las luchas de resistencia (XIX informe de actividades de Tlachinollan)

Guerrero: el epicentro de las resistencias (La Jornada, 20 de julio)

Aumentan violaciones de derechos humanos en contra de indígenas en Guerrero (La Jornada, 19 de julio)

Documenta Tlachinollan aumento en las violaciones graves a derechos humanos en Guerrero (Tlachinollan, 18 de julio)

For more information from SIPAZ (in English):

Guerrero: Impunity continues in the Ayotzinapa case (17 May 2013)

Guerrero: Release of police charged for the murder of students from the Rural Normal of Ayotzinapa (29 April 2013)

Guerrero: Social insurrection in Olinalá against organized crime (9 November 2012)


Guerrero: ten years of struggle against the La Parota dam

August 4, 2013

No a La Parota (@SIPAZ)On 28 July, the Council of Ejidos and Communities Opposed to the La Parota Dam (CECOP) commemorated 10 years of struggle against the plans of the Federal Electricity Commission (CFE) to expropriate its lands to construct a hydroelectric dam on the Papagayo river, close to Acapulco.  To date, the work has not been built.  In this sense, there was organized a march of approximately 5 kilometers on the principal road of the Communal Lands of Cacahuatepec.  During this act and the subsequent rally, approximately 300 persons participated, locals as well as members of different civil and social organizations, and even of left-wing political parties.

Abel Barrera Hernández, director of the Tlachinollan Mountain Center for Human Rights, expressed that “you have shown us how to exercise the defense of land in physical terms, with rage and machete, but above all with the dignity of a people who have their best resources in this rural Acapulco; it is a pleasure to be in this land of resistance.”

For more information (in Spanish):

Opositores a La Parota conmemoran 10 años de lucha (El Universal, 28 de julio de 2013)

La lucha sigue, sostiene el Cecop a 10 años de su oposición a La Parota (La Jornada de Guerrero, 29 de julio de 2013)

Se pronuncian organizaciones a favor del Cecop y exigen cancelar La Parota (La Jornada de Guerrero, 28 de julio de 2013)

Diez años de lucha contra La Parota y los pueblos todavía están en peligro (El Sur de Acapulco, 25 de julio de 2013)

For more information from SIPAZ (in English):

Guerrero: CECOP on red alert after invasion by Army (5 March 2013)

Guerrero: Governor Aguirre Rivero will not support construction of La Parota (27 August 2012)

Guerrero: Federal tribunal confirms end to La Parota dam project (20 July 2012)

Guerrero: CECOP will initiate a series of mobilizations demanding the definitive cancellation of the La Parota dam (3 April 2012)

Guerrero: denunciations and declarations of the CRAC and CECOP (12 March 2012)

Guerrero briefs: Two ecologist are kidnapped by armed men in the Sierra de Petatlán (14 December 2011)

Guerrero: CFE contemplates acceleration of La Parota project (27 November 2011)

 


Guerrero: CECOP on red alert after invasion by Army

March 5, 2013

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During the night of 21 February, in the community of Los Huajes, the residence of Joel Blanco Sánchez, son of Julián Blanco, a leader of the opposition to the La Parota dam (which has been proposed since 2003), was forcibly searched by soldiers.  For this reason, members of the Council of Ejidos and Communities Opposed to the La Parota Dam (CECOP), called for an assembly and announced a red alert due to the invasion of the Army in the area of the communal lands of Cacahuatepec (close to Acapulco).

Marco Suástegui Muñoz, spokesperson for CECOP, warned that if the Army maintained its presence in the area, CECOP would reactivate the five checkpoints it had installed at the beginning of its movement.  he stressed that the federal government had budgeted 500 million pesos for the reactivation of the La Parota dam, declaring that it is not an accident that there be abuses carried out by soldiers int he area, given that there is a clear interest to follow through with the dam project.

Suástegui Muñoz reported that on 7 February, CECOP called on governor Ángel Aguirre Rivero to observe the Cacahuatepec Accords, signed in August 2012, and he promised that campesinos will continue struggling until the dam project be cancelled indefinitely.

For more information (in Spanish):

Opositores a La Parota, en alerta por incursión militar (La Jornada, 25 de febrero de 2013)

Se declara Cecop en alerta roja por la irrupción de militares en Los Huajes (La Jornada de Guerrero, 25 de febrero de 2013)

Denuncia integrante del Cecop que soldados irrumpieron en su casa (El Sur de Acapulco, 22 de febrero de 2013)

For more information from SIPAZ (in English):

Guerrero: Governor Aguirre Rivero will not support construction of La Parota (27 August 2012)

Guerrero: Federal tribunal confirms end to La Parota dam project (20 July 2012)

Guerrero: CECOP will initiate a series of mobilizations demanding the definitive cancellation of the La Parota dam (3 April 2012)

Guerrero: denunciations and declarations of the CRAC and CECOP (12 March 2012)

Guerrero briefs: Two ecologist are kidnapped by armed men in the Sierra de Petatlán (14 December 2011)

Guerrero: CFE contemplates acceleration of La Parota project (27 November 2011)


National: Preaudience “Dams, rights of the people, and impunity” of the People’s Permanent Tribunal in Temacapulín, Jalisco

November 16, 2012

TPP in Temacapulín (MAPDER)

On 5 and 6 November, a preaudience of the People’s Permanent Tribunal (TPP) entitled “Dams, rights of the people, and impunity” was held in Temacapulín, Cañadas de Obregón municipality, Jalisco. After receiving testimony and evidence from communities affected by the construction of 12 dams in seven states (for example, Paso de la Reina in Oaxaca; La Parota, in Guerrero; Las Cruces, in Nayarit; El Naranjal, in Veracruz; and Arcediano, in Jalisco), the 7 judges of the TPP, all of them national and international specialists in this area, released a sentence.  In this they affirm that the forced displacement of thousands of Mexicans by the dam-projects attacks the spirit of democracy and shows that the government has for years failed to observe international human-rights law and its own Constitution.  The judges called on the Mexican government to cancel the construction of the El Zapotillo dam in Jalisco, Paso de la Reina in Oaxaca, La Parota in Guerrero, Las Cruces in Nayarit, and El Naranjal in Veracruz; further, they demanded compensation for the communities that have lost their lands due to dam-projects that have already been completed.

For more information (in Spanish):

Presentación del dictamen preliminar del jurado de la preaudiencia “presas, derechos de los pueblos e impunidad”(Boletín de prensa, TPP, 12 de noviembre de 2012)

Proyectos hidráulicos violan la Constitución: TPP (La Jornada, 9 de noviembre de 2012)

Alertan violaciones por obras de presas (El Universal, 9 de noviembre de 2012)

Más de 185 mil desplazados por la construcción de presas en México (La Jornada, 8 de noviembre de 2012)

Recomiendan cancelar presas e indemnizar a desplazados (Proceso, 8 de noviembre de 2012)

Denuncian ante TPP: presas desplazan a 185 mil personas (El Universal, 6 de noviembre de 2012)

For more information from SIPAZ (in English):

Chiapas: the International Day against Dams is celebrated (24 March 2012)

Oaxaca: Testimony of COPUDEVER shared in Costa Rica (7 October 2011)

VI Mesoamerican Forum of the Latin America Network against dams in Pacuaré, Costa Rica, 27 September 2011

Oaxaca: COPUDEVER mobilizes in defense of the Río Verde (20 March 2011)

Chiapas: National Meeting of the Mexican Movement of those Affected by Dams in Defense of Rivers (20 March 2011)


Guerrero: Governor Aguirre Rivero will not support construction of La Parota

August 27, 2012

On 16 August 2012 in the city of Acapulco, there was held the official signing of the Cacahuatepec Accords between members of the Council of Communities Opposed to the La Parota Dam (CECOP) and governor Ángel Aguirre Rivero.  This agreement stipulates that the government will not support or promote the construction of the hydroelectric dam “La Parota,” which the Federal Electricity Commission (CFE) has desired to construct.  This document signals that the government would have to tell President Felipe Calderón Hinojosa of the decision of the campesinos and owners of the land, who reject the sale of territory for the construction of the dam.  By signing the document, the governor also commits himself not to use public force against CECOP, instead choosing peace, justice, and respect for the right of campesinos.  The act of signing the Accords was witnessed by archbishop Carlos Garfias Merlos, who acted as a mediator between CECOP and the Aguirre administration.  Marco Antonio Suástegui, spokesperson for CECOP, said that this represents a historical event, given that after 10 years of struggle, no governor had agreed to sign on to such an agreement.

For more information (in Spanish):

Cancelan proyecto hidroeléctrico ‘La Parota’ (W Radio, 17 de agosto de 2012)

Firma Aguirre Acuerdos de Cacahuatepec con los opositores a la presa La Parota (El Sur Acapulco, 17 de agosto de 2012)

Cancelan proyecto hidrológico La Parota en Acapulco (Milenio, 16 de agosto)

Acuerdan apoyo contra La Parota (El Universal, 17 de agosto)

For more information from SIPAZ (in English):

Guerrero: Federal tribunal confirms end to La Parota dam project (20 July 2012)

Guerrero: CECOP will initiate a series of mobilizations demanding the definitive cancellation of the La Parota dam (3 April 2012)

Guerrero: denunciations and declarations of the CRAC and CECOP (12 March 2012)

Guerrero briefs: Two ecologist are kidnapped by armed men in the Sierra de Petatlán (14 December 2011)

Guerrero: CFE contemplates acceleration of La Parota project (27 November 2011)


Guerrero: Tlachinollan lawyer returns to the country

August 16, 2012

Photo @Tlachinollan

Vidulfo Rosales Sierra, the lawyer for the Tlachinollan Mountain Center for Human Rights who went into exile from the country for some months following his being threatened for his work as a human-rights defender, has returned to Mexico to reintegrate himself into his work tasks, starting on 9 August.  The human-rights defender was in Casas Guerrero to meet with the Governor Ángel Aguirre Rivero; accompanying him were many members of different social organizations, who demanded that the state executive provide protection and guarantees to the lawyer, and above all that the origin of the threats which led him to leave the country be investigated.  Aguirre Rivero spoke of granting Rosales guarantees and protection, but he did not specify of what kind or starting when.  In May the lawyer had to leave the country for the death-threats he had received.

Among the organizations that accompanied Vidulfo Rosales in the meeting was the Regional Coordination of Communal Authorities (CRAC), the Council of Ejidos and Communities Opposed to the La Parota Dam (CECOP), the Workshop for Communal Development (TADECO), and the State Commission on Human Rights (CODDEHUM).  Marco Suástegui Muñoz, spokesperson for CECOP, told the governor that if he did not provide guarantees and protection to Rosales Sierra and those behind the death-threats succeed in getting to Rosales, the only responsible party would be his government: “I want to tell you Ángel that Vidulfo is not alone, and he is not a criminal.  He has no reason to need to leave the country once again…  It is your government which must guarantee the integrity of Vidulfo, and if it is not your government, we, the opponents to the La Parota project, the vandals of Ayotzinapa, as they have been called, Inés and valentina, brave women–we will defend him.”

For more information (in Spanish):

Carta de la sociedad civil al gobernador Aguirre Rivero (9 de agosto de 2012)

Tras su exilio, regresa al estado el abogado de Tlachinollan (La Jornada de Guerrero, 10 de agosto de 2012)

Abandona exilio Vidulfo Rosales, confirma Tlachinollan (Novedades Acapulco, 8 de agosto de 2012)

Tlachinollan: Tlachinollan anuncia regreso del defensor Vidulfo Rosales a Guerrero (Peace Brigades International, 10 de agosto de 2012)

Activista pone fin a su exilio y regresa a Guerrero (Proceso, 9 de agosto de 2012)

For more information from SIPAZ (in English):

Guerrero: 18th anniversary of the Tlachinollan Mountain Center for Human Rights (20 June 2012)

Guerrero: Tlachinollan lawyer receives death threats (5 June 012)

Guerrero: CNDH confirms serious rights-violations against students of Ayotzinapa (16 January 2012)

Guerrero: Extrajudicial execution of students from the Rural Normal of Ayotzinapa (21 December 2011)


Guerrero: Federal tribunal confirms end to La Parota dam project

July 20, 2012

July 2010, photo @SIPAZ

The Second Tribunal on Penal and Administrative Matters from the First Circuit has confirmed the definitive cancellation of the hydroelectric dam project La Parota in its denial of a motion advanced by a minority group of communards against the resolution released by the Agrarian Unitary Tribunal (TUA) no. 41, with headquarters in Acapulco, which previously had nullified the decision of the assembly.

It should be remembered that on 18 April 2011, the TUA no. 41, evaluating the Agrarian Case 360/2010, declared null and void the assembly carried out in Cacahuatepec on 28 April 2010, given that this event was affected by serious irregularities.  On 6 June 2011, a group of people promoted a demand for a motion against this resolution.  Regardless, having analyzed the case, the Federal Tribunal confirmed the nullification of the assembly of 28 April 2010.

According to the Tlachinollan Mountain Center for Human Rights, “the decision of the Collegiate Tribunal confirms once again that the legal struggle undertaken by the opponents to the project–the communards, ejidatarios, and neighbors untied in the Council of Ejidos and Communities Opposed to the La Parota Dam (CECOP)–have a legal basis and social legitimacy.  It is to be hoped, for this reason, that the recent ruling will induce the signing of the Cacahuatepec Accords, which to date have been avoided by the state Executive, the same body that could return peace to the region.”

Marco Antonio Suástegui Muñoz, spokesperson for CECOP, declared in a press-conference that with this victory gained from the courts, “the CECOP together with Tlachinollan has defeated the CFE and the federal government, because on 12 August 2007 more than 7,000 communards rejected La Parota, given that it is not viable socially or juridically.  The dam project is in decline, and this is important because it supports the decisions taken by the owners of the land.”

For more information (in Spanish):

Tribunal Federal ratifica Punto Final a la presa La Parota (Megafono Lunasexta, 12 de julio)

Anula tribunal la asamblea que aprobó La Parota, dice el Cecop (La Jornada de Guerrero, 13 de julio)

Ratifica Tribunal Federal fin al proyecto de la presa La Parota (WRadio, 12 de julio)

For more information from SIPAZ (in English):

Guerrero: CECOP will initiate a series of mobilizations demanding the definitive cancellation of the La Parota dam (3 April 2012)

Guerrero: denunciations and declarations of the CRAC and CECOP (12 March 2012)

Guerrero briefs: Two ecologist are kidnapped by armed men in the Sierra de Petatlán (14 December 2011)

Guerrero: CFE contemplates acceleration of La Parota project (27 November 2011)


Guerrero: CECOP will initiate a series of mobilizations demanding the definitive cancellation of the La Parota dam

April 3, 2012

Photo: SIPAZ

Members of the Council of Ejidos and Communities Opposed to the La Parota Dam (CECOP) responded to the official silence on the part of the governor of Guerrero, warning that La Parota would not proceed, “be it with or without the signature of the governor.”  In their communiqué released on 19 March, they revealed that they will undertake a series of mobilizations to demand the total rejection of the dam.

On 7 May of last year, Governor Ángel Aguirre Rivero visited the bastion of the movement that opposes the dam.  He rejected at that time the suggestion that he sign the Cacahuatepec Accords which request the total cancellation of the federal project.  His signature was to be had on 11 March of this year in Aguacaliente–a meeting which the governor failed to attend.

“CECOP’s invitation to the governor to demand the Cacahuatepec Accords was met with silence,” noted the opponents in their communiqué.  CECOP views this rejection by the administration as a “challenge and a lack of respect” for the movement, as well as a lack of political vision, because “no dam or mine constitutes development for the state or the country.  Besides, they are financed with foreign capital that seeks profits, as would be the case with the La Parota dam and the Canadian mining projects.”  They warn that if the governor does not want to defend the land of Guerrero, CECOP will do so by means of mobilizations.

CECOP announced its plan of struggle against La Parota, which includes a march on 23 March that will be attended by Communal Action for Peace and Unity, as proposed by the Catholic Church.  Similarly, there will be held a mass-march in May to demand the cancellation of the project.

For more information (in Spanish):

Con la firma o sin la firma del gobernador, La Parota no se hará (Comunicado de CECOP difundido por CENCOS, 19 de marzo 2012)

Con firma del gobernador o sin ella, La Parota no pasará, decide el Cecop (La Jornada Guerrero, 21 de marzo 2012)

For more information from SIPAZ (in English):

Guerrero: denunciations and declarations of the CRAC and CECOP (12 March 2012)

Guerrero briefs: Two ecologist are kidnapped by armed men in the Sierra de Petatlán (14 December 2011)

Guerrero: CFE contemplates acceleration of La Parota project (27 November 2011)

Guerrero – briefs: CECOP celebrates its 8th anniversary (18 August 2011)

Guerrero – briefs: Mining exploration continues in the Montaña region without permission from communities; reinstallation of the blockade against La Parota January 13, 2011


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